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The Beautiful South: 0898

Ted Kessler, Select, May 1992

PAUL HEATON hasn't had a whiff of the much bandied about teen spirit since disbanding The Housemartins. When he ditched every thinking bank clerk's favourite band and ran off with drummer Dave Hemingway to form The Beautiful South, their mission was to abandon teen pop forever. Their first hit. 'Song For Whoever', was as near an ironic anti-pop manifesto as you could get. The South had set their sights on the ugly monster of Adult Orientated Rock.

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